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Awakening Evarun (Part VI of VI) Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B007J68TGA
- Publication date : March 9, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 278 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 21 pages
- Lending : Enabled
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Weird fiction pioneer Clark Ashton Smith once wrote: "My own conscious ideal has been to delude the reader into accepting an impossibility, or series of impossibilities, by means of a sort of verbal black magic, in the achievement of which I make use of prose-rhythm, metaphor, simile, tone-color, counter-point, and other stylistic resources, like a sort of incantation."
Tom Barczak's poetic style is as mesmerizing like Clark Ashton Smith's style, but produces fiction laced with both (a) total grimness and (b) hopeful redemption. His work is compact Sword & Sorcery for the serious reader, with undertones of spirituality. This is not like C.S. Lewis's approach to Young Adult fantasy fiction; Barczak writes for a mature reader who wants to explore ruins filled with ghosts and meet evil face-to-face. Here is an excerpt:
"A little boy stared back at him with living eyes. Dark, deep, and soul filled eyes, eyes that hadn’t begun to carry the scars of the loss of everything around them, eyes that didn’t hide behind a veil, behind a promise made to be broken. His eyes were familiar. The boy’s eyes weren’t afraid. They were hungry.
Talus threw himself backwards, fumbling with his cloak. He thrust the small blade of his trembling knife towards the boy. The new light of day settled upon it like blood.
The boy scrambled away, but his dark eyes held like ice. He raised his hand to a growing red scar just let upon his cheek. A supplicant’s smile stretched his lips. He placed the back of his hand against his face."
There are six short stories in the Awakening, a set that is a prequel to Veil of the Dragon. They are very short... but the amount of impact per word is very high. This type of work is best served in limited doses (i.e. like espresso). Unpolished illustrations from the author are a nice touch; they are fitting since the author is an artists/architect, but they are bonus material to complement the experience.
The Awakening Evarun is highly recommended.
+ Grim, gritty and foreboding world.
+ Intriguing story quickly draws you in and leaves you wanting more.
+ Extremely descriptive and well-written.
+ Author provides hand drawn illustrations.
- The word cenotaph is used a bit too often.
- Installments are too short and a bit expensive ($2.99) for an average of 14-15 pages. Prime Members can read for free however. Unfortunately, I'm not one or I'd continue the series.
- Story jumps around a bit too much for its length.
- Slight Christian overtones. This is just my opinion.
Awakening Evarun Part I was engaging and impressive despite its brevity. The author's descriptive writing skills and ability to draw you into the story so quickly demonstrates a rare talent many writers never seem to develop. If you're a Prime Member of Amazon and can read this short chapters for free then I highly recommend them. If not just be forewarned that spending $2.99 will only get you about 20 minutes of reading. Other than that a great start to the series.
We cannot help but compare to whatever foreknowledge we bring to any story, for as the great wise king Solomon said, "The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun." Therefore I will give my comparison and first impression of Evarun and it is rich and deserved. I am reminded of the darkness of the Black Company series by Glen Cook and a yet-to-be-published author, Shaere Biran, who will make a similar splash on arrival and the joy I felt coming to the end of the Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks or Elantras by Brandon Sanderson.
I would recommend this series to anyone who has a strong spiritual life and a love of good fantasy, or simply needs to read something on those dreary days when nothing is going right and you need something to help you rise above the gunk and soar into a clear, golden sky.